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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this specific model. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 680, which features core speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should perform a little bit faster than the Geforce GTX 680 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 4352 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be a little bit (about 19%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20336 (19%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be a lot (more or less 125%) better at FSAA than the Geforce GTX 680, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 40096 (125%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 680

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 March 2012
Code Name GP106-300 GK104
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536
Texture Mapping Units 72 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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